Why your coach isn’t your friend

People ask me, sometimes, what you get from coaching that you can’t get from a conversation with a friend. The short answer: your coach is not your friend. And that’s [ read more brave ]

Three Quick Ways to Fight Stress

Spend a moment to consciously relax our hands, feet, and face. Deliberately unclench your hands and let them lie loose in your lap. Let your feet sit flat and unflexed [ read more brave ]

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How to draft a networking email

Sometimes you have to email a stranger (or near-stranger) and ask a favor. No matter how far along in your career you may be, it feels awkward. I have a [ read more brave ]

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Three more reasons I won’t hire you

You show disrespect for host country staff. These people have been in country their whole lives, most of them have been doing this work longer than you, and their language [ read more brave ]

Resources for Change

How to Apologize. I particularly like how the narrator uses her own mistake as an example. Ten questions to get to know your new direct reports better. Asking direct questions in [ read more brave ]

Eid Mubarak

I’m in Turkey right now, as team lead for third party monitoring of some Syria work. I haven’t seen my kids in three weeks, and I miss them like burning. [ read more brave ]

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Three Magic Job Interview Questions

That title is clickbait. There are no magic questions. However, these are three good questions to ask at an interview. They’ll impress your interviewers and give you good information about [ read more brave ]

Self-Care in High Stress Environments

This is a guest post from Dr Naomi Johnstone, who is currently working in Afghanistan for Norwegian Refugee Council.  We all know that getting enough sleep, eating well and exercising [ read more brave ]

Getting paid what you’re worth

There are a few different reasons that people accept being underpaid, but the biggest one, I think, is impostor syndrome. At core, many people – maybe most people – just [ read more brave ]

When is coaching useful?

Coaching is useful when: You have a problem you’ve been mulling over You have a decision to make You’re unhappy or discontented in your career or life and don’t quite [ read more brave ]